2023 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Culture where I am valued, my work is valued, and my time is valued.”
“Good compensation and benefits.”
“The long long hours and tight closings.”
“The unpredictability of your schedule.”
About Norton Rose Fulbright
With more than 800 lawyers based in the U.S. and another 3,000 around the globe, Norton Rose Fulbright is a legal force. The firm has dozens of offices across six continents, and is particularly well known for its Energy practice.
Teaming Up to Go Global
Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of some of the last decade’s largest law firm combinations, but the legacy firms each had a long history before the recent mergers. U.K.-based Norton Rose traces its history to the late 1700s, when attorney Robert Charsley hung out his shingle in London. Over the years, the firm expanded through organic growth and combinations to become one of the 10 largest firms in the world by 2012.
Meanwhile in the United States, R.C. Fulbright founded a firm in Houston in 1919 and was joined by Leon Jaworski joined in 1931. Fulbright & Jaworski garnered a strong reputation in the energy, financial, transportation, and health care industries. Fulbright partners were instrumental in the creation of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.
In 2013, the two firms combined to form megafirm Norton Rose Fulbright with more than 3,000 lawyers worldwide. In 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright brought on another 300 attorneys through a merger with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke, which brought a host of experience in project finance, energy, insurance, and products liability.
Global Industry Focus
Norton Rose Fulbright serves major corporations, financial institutions, and innovative startups across the globe, with particular expertise in financial institutions; energy, infrastructure, and resources; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and health care. Through its global risk advisory group, Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance, and governance issues to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses. According to the firm, Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity, and integrity.
A fixture in Vault’s Top 10 for Energy, Oil, & Gas, Norton Rose Fulbright is a go-to firm for energy matters. The firm’s Energy team spans the globe and counsels clients on issues relating to oil and gas, power and utilities, renewables, and water. The team must take a multidisciplinary approach to handle its clients’ wide-ranging issues, including everything from antitrust and environmental law to IP matters and M&A to tax and contract law, to name some.
More than Billables
At Norton Rose Fulbright, life isn’t just about billables—the firm offers a host of perks, including a variety of wellness programs. When associates need a break from the stresses of lawyering, they can turn to the firm’s meditation and mindfulness programs. And for those with health on their mind, the firm offers biometric screenings, heart health resources, and on-site flu shots, as well as step challenge and healthy weight challenge.
The firm also looks out for its lawyers’ financial health, with both student loan refinancing resources and personal financial planning resources, such as mortgages, lines of credit, and capital loans.
News & Awards
Texas Blue Law: The law firm made it possible for Texans to shop on Sunday nearly 40 years ago when it represented a hardware store chain that was being sued for defying the Texas Blue Law, which kept most stores in Texas closed on Sundays. Firm lawyers argued that the law was unconstitutional, and the judge agreed. Although the decision was appealed, authorities stopped enforcing the law and stores began to open on Sundays. While on appeal, the Texas Legislature repealed the Blue Law, making the appeal moot.
Watergate: In 1973, Leon Jaworski of Fulbright & Jaworski (which later became Norton Rose Fulbright), was appointed to serve as Special Prosecutor for the Watergate investigation, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
- Corporate Equality Index (CEI), perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's (HRC) for LGBTQ workplace equality — 2022 — for the seventh consecutive year
- WILEF Gold Standard Certification — 2022 — Women in Law Empowerment Forum — for the eighth time
- Best Law Firms for Women — 2017 — Working Mother Media
- Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion Award — Legalweek Leaders in Tech Law Awards —2022 — ALM/The American Lawyer
- Practice Group of the Year for Bankruptcy — 2021 — Law360
Why Work Here
1301 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010-3095
Phone: (713) 651-5151
Global Chief Executive: Gerry Pecht
U.S. Managing Partner: Jeff Cody
U.S. Hiring Partner: Judi Archer
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
3.5K - 4K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
California; New York; Texas; Washington, DC, Chicago, IL:
1st year: $215,000
Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO;
1st year: $180,000
Senior Manager, Entry Level Recruiting
Senior Lateral Recruiting Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 12
No. of International Offices: 40
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
St. Louis, MO
+40 international offices
Antitrust and Competition
Banking and Finance
Corporate, M&A and Securities
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Employment and Labor
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Regulations and Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.